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RAGBRAI co-founder passes

John Karras, who co-founded the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, died Wednesday. He was 91.

John Karras

Together with former Des Moines newspaperman Donald Kaul, the two bicycle enthusiasts took off on a cross-state bicycle ride in 1973. Announcing their intention in the Register, they were shocked when 100 people showed up to …

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Check those bike pedals: Trek recalls Bontrager Satellite City pedals

Trek Bicycles is recalling 316,500 bicycle pedals that — if incorrectly installed during bike assembly — could fall off the crank arm and cause a crash.

The Bontrager Satellite City bicycle pedals are installed on Trek “Allant+,” “Dual Sport+,” “FX 2,” “FX 3,” “Verve 2,” “Verve 3,” and “Verve+” model bicycles. The pedals are stamped …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2021/05/29/check-those-bike-pedals-trek-recalls-bontrager-satellite-city-pedals/

Final upgrades to East Lake Sammamish Trail begin June 1; segments closed through 2023

The widening and asphalt-paving of the two remaining crushed rock segments on the East Lake Sammamish Trail begins June 1. The work means use of the 11-mile bicycle trail as a through-route between Redmond and Issaquah will be interrupted through late 2023.

King County Parks map (click for larger view)

King County Parks says the …

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Pedestrian bridge work starts on Willapa Hills Trail near Chehalis; short section closed

Work started this week on a long-awaited pedestrian bridge on the Willapa Hills State Park Trail over busy WA 6 in near Chehalis in Lewis County.

The pedestrian bridge will greatly improve safety at the WA 6 crossing, a high-speed highway with heavy traffic. Currently, a paved section of trail ends in deep gravel at …

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Another gap closed on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail

Chalk up another trail segment opening along the 285-mile Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington state.

State parks image of completed Renslow Trestle in April 2021

The state parks department announced Thursday that work to the Renslow Trestle across I-90 is complete, meaning that trail users will no longer have to detour around …

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Mountains to Sound bike bridge completed in Bellevue

That bicycle bridge spanning the busy Factoria Boulevard in Bellevue opened this week.

Cyclists emerge from the tunnel under a freeway onramp

The project helps hundreds of bicycle commuters and recreational bicyclists daily who will no longer have to negotiate the busy Factoria Boulevard – I-90 interchange in the shopping district.

Officials started working on …

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Bicycle touring group makes plea for donations

A long-running Pacific Northwest bicycle touring group — Bicycle Rides Northwest — is seeking financial help after undergoing a bumpy ride the past few years.

Founded in 1987 as Oregon Bicycle Ride, the Portland-based tour agency has changed its name and expanded its reach over the years beyond Oregon into Washington, Idaho, Montana, and California. …

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Improved Spruce Railroad Trail reopens at Lake Crescent

Part of the Olympic Discovery Trail on the Olympic Peninsula Crescent Lake and mountain view from Spruce Railroad Trail in 2019

The Spruce Railroad Trail overlooking the remote north shore of Lake Crescent is “open for business” again.

Crews finished the months-long project to pave the trail and reconstruct and reopen two old tunnels on …

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Salsa Cutthroat bicycle recall

Seven reports of cracked forks on 2020 Salsa Cutthroat bicycles have prompted a recall by Bloomington, Minn.-based Quality Bicycle Products. No injuries have been reported, although a break could cause a fall.

One style of 2020 Salsa Cutthroat

The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission urges bike owners to stop riding the bicycles in …

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Bicycling quote: Bicycle shorts

“I always say golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man. And golf reveals a lot of ugliness in this president.”

— Golf writer Rick Reilly on President Trump’s dishonesty on the golf course: “Trump heads to golf club before defeat by Biden is announced,” The Guardian

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